Most Utah voters say they’re ‘ashamed’ by mass shootings, but it’s up to families and communities to solve the problem

Vegas Strong

The spate of recent mass shootings in the U.S. has focused attention on the problem of gun violence, and possible solutions for the epidemic.

A new Utah Political Trends survey from UtahPolicy.com and Y2 Analytics measured Utahns attitudes about gun violence. We found:

  • 73% of Utah voters say it is possible to solve the problem of mass shootings in the U.S.
  • 43% said it’s up to the federal government to find a solution to mass shootings, while 39% disagreed.
  • 7 in 10 said the onus on stopping mass shootings is on families and communities, while just 16% disagreed.
  • 68% said they were “ashamed” of the number of mass shootings in the U.S., while 16% disagreed.

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The new survey comes on the heels of a recent UtahPolicy.com poll that found nearly 3/4ths of Utah voters believe some kinds of new gun regulations would not infringe on the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans. Our polling also revealed 56% of Utah voters favor banning assault-style weapons and 90% support requiring background checks on all gun sales.

While voters in the Beehive State may be mostly united on favoring restrictions on firearms to curb gun violence, there’s a deep partisan divide over who should take the lead on stopping mass shootings.

Republicans believe the responsibility for stopping mass shootings should lie with families and communities, while Democrats are more of the mind that the federal government should take steps to end the violence.

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The Utah Political Trends survey was conducted by Y2 Analytics from August 22 to September 2, 2019, among 1044 registered Utah voters. It has a margin of error +/-3.1%.

You can read more about our polling methodology here.